Demonstrations of the training carried out today and first-hand accounts from the past are among the highlights at this year’s Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) open day on Saturday, July 8th.
The world-renowned College will open its gates to visitors from 11am to 4pm offering members of the public a free glimpse beyond the gates.
Fitness demonstrations, tours of the site and an opportunity to take a look at the facilities such as BRNC’s state-of-the-art bridge simulator will show how the College transforms around 400 civilians into Naval Officers each year.
Members of the public will be able to climb on board the Hindostan, a decommissioned minesweeper used for training purposes, moored at Sandquay, and take river tours on small boats crewed by the Cadets. Visitors will also be able to meet the current intake of international Cadets from nations who regularly send their Young Officers to train alongside their UK counterparts.
The Open Day will give members of the public their first chance to visit the oral history exhibition, known as Britannia Voices, in the College museum. The exhibition covers 60 years of College history.
Former Cadets, including His Royal Highness The Duke of York, can be heard give their recollections of College life and the training they received.
The College museum also contains many artefacts and a time-line giving the history of training on the River Dart dating back to 1863. The collection contains many Royal artefacts recording the numerous members of the Royal Family who have trained at BRNC over the years.